Maybe you can look at the German APUG version, APHOG, created by Hans-Jürgen B., and some other simular thinking guys and girls.
aphog - Home:
Gallery (via Flickr due to the heavy data traffic):
APHOG Newsletter 1):
APHOG Newsletter 2):
And in real life: Organizing a meeting or a trip e.g. to the Rollei / F&H factory in Braunsweig a.s.o.
.... and the APHOG national and international partners:
Very professional but all done in free hobby time on quiet a nice professional level.
Things are progressing with the online magazine, and the next step is to get some PR for it. Here's where you could help me.
I'm based in the UK, so I've access to newsteams / editors of magazines here, but I'm at a complete loss to art / photography magazines in the US. Would you be able to PM me email details of newsdesks / editors of equivalent magazines over there in the US?
David, if you're interested, I would be happy to contribute an article or two. I'm primarily a portrait shooter and spend a lot of time teaching things like lighting and interacting with subjects. I also teach a lot on establishing personal style.
Sounds cool David, I got your email and will reply soon.
You guys rock! Your support for this idea has been fabulous and I'm just hoping that I can provide you with the sort of framework you'd like to see in a community magazine. We're also gaining members over on Flickr too and everyone is waiting to see what happens on the 15th January when the first real article goes live.
If you want to contact Creative Image Maker you can - I've set up an email address for the magazine and you can send your comments, articles, images, requests or whatever to creativeimagemaker at yahoo.co.uk (obviously replace the "at" with the usual "@" symbol).
Thanks to all of you - the future's black and white ;-)
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David, I say we have a go at it. I would like to be called upon for my expertise (such as it is). HEY I HEARD THAT . . .
David. Since you are the visionary here, what sort of material would you like to put together for the first couple of issues? And how would you like to receive any submissions?
I don't recall ever being called a 'visionary' before! I (and hopefully the rest of the community) are interested in anything to do with traditional photography. I'd like it to be a fairly wide-ranging series of articles and so I'm happy to receive...
- equipment reviews (not necessarily new equipment; it might be quite interesting to revisit older cameras, lenses and so on).
- processing techniques (everything from coating glass plates to 35mm and beyond).
- beginners articles (basic darkroom stuff - processing & printing).
- how-to articles (this is a very wide arena, so whatever you think).
- feature photographs (include details of exposure, camera, lens, processing plus a few words about the image(s)).
- events / camera clubs / exhibitions (dates & details).
- anything else that you might think would be useful to the community!
You can now email the 'magazine' directly at creativeimagemaker at yahoo.co.uk or leave comments (and check up on what's going on) at http://creativeimagemaker.blogspot.com.
Written articles could be in most formats to be honest - I'll find a way of dragging the information out! Word (.doc) should be OK, text (.txt) and RTF (.rtf) might be easier to deal with, or Acrobat (.pdf) is also OK. Articles should be somewhere between 250 and 1000 words - a wide range I know, but it allows me to either run the article complete if it's at the 250 word end, or split it over a couple of articles if it's longer. The other option with longer articles is that I can run an edited version online and the full version on paper.
Images should be [ideally] 300dpi, JPEG and 3000 pixels along the longest side. Either send images to the email address above, or log on to Flickr and submit the images to the Creative Image Maker group.
Thanks for your interest Chris, look forward to seeing your submissions.
I'd also be really grateful if you all would pop over to the site and leave your comments about the decisions facing us with the paper version of the magazine.
You can leave comments at http://creativeimagemaker.blogspot.com or you can email creativeimagemaker at yahoo.co.uk and leave your thoughts there.
Just a quick post to let you know that things are still moving on apace - I've hopefully secured www.creativeimagemaker.co.uk for a future dedicated website and I've applied for an ISSN (basically an ISBN for magazines).